TCM to Remember Robert Osborne with 48-Hour Programming Tribute

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Robert Osborne attending the TCM Classic Film Festival opening night gala of 'Oklahoma!' in 2014

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has announced that it will remember its longtime host Robert Osborne, who passed away Monday at age 84, with a 48-hour programming tribute airing all day March 18 and 19.

The tribute will feature an extensive collection of the long-form interviews that Osborne conducted during his 23-year tenure with the network. Notable highlights will include memorable installments of Osborne's interview series Private Screenings and Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival; the special edition of Private Screenings in which actor Alec Baldwin interviewed Osborne on the host's 20th anniversary at the network; and Osborne's first-ever on-air appearance as a TCM host, with an introduction for the 1939 classic Gone with the Wind.

Osborne's enthusiasm about classic movies was infectious, and is quite evident even in this brief, 90-second TCM promo clip from 2013:


The network says that the tribute will showcase that enthusiasm and the other qualities about Robert Osborne that were expressed yesterday in the statement about his passing given by Jennifer Dorian, general manager for TCM, in which she wrote: "Robert was embraced by devoted fans who saw him as a trusted expert and friend. His calming presence, gentlemanly style, encyclopedic knowledge of film history, fervent support for film preservation and highly personal interviewing style all combined to make him a truly world-class host."

Turner Classic Movies Host Robert Osborne Dead at 84

Turner Classic Movies Host Robert Osborne Dead at 84

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) released a heartfelt statement about its longtime host/interviewer/film historian Robert Osborne.

TCM Remembers: Robert Osborne — March 18-19 (All Times Eastern)

Saturday, March 18
6am – Private Screenings: Robert Osborne
7:30am – Private Screenings: Norman Jewison
9am – Robert Osborne's 20th Anniversary Tribute
10:15am – Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Alan Arkin
11:30am – Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Luise Rainer
12:15pm –  Private Screeniings: Liza Minnnelli
1:30pm –  Private Screenings: Robert Osborne
3pm –  Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Eva Marie Saint
4:15pm –  Robert Osborne's 20th Anniversary Tribute
5:30pm –  Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Peter O'Toole
6:45pm –  Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Kim Novak
8pm –  Robert Osborne introduces Gone with the Wind in his first-ever on-air appearance as TCM's host
8:05pm – Private Screenings: Robert Osborne
9:30pm –  Private Screenings: Debbie Reynolds
10:30pm –  Private Screenings: Betty Hutton
11:45pm –  Private Screenings: Liza Minnelli
12:45am – Private Screenings: Robert Osborne
2:15am – Private Screenings: Norman Jewison
3:30am – Private Screenings: Ernest Borgnine
4:45am – Robert Osborne's 20th Anniversary Tribute

Sunday, March 19
6am – Private Screenings: Liza Minnnelli
7am – Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Eva Marie Saint
8:15am – Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Kim Novak
9:15am – Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Peter O'Toole
10:30am – Private Screenings: Robert Osborne
Noon –  Robert Osborne's 20th Anniversary Tribute
1pm –  Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Alan Arkin
2:15pm –  Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Luise Rainer
3pm –  Private Screenings: Ernest Borgnine
4:15pm –  Private Screenings: Norman Jewison
5:30pm –  Private Screenings: Robert Osborne
7pm –  Private Screenings: Liza Minnelli
8pm –  Robert Osborne's 20th Anniversary Tribute
9pm –  Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Eva Marie Saint
10:15pm –  Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Luise Rainer
11pm –  Robert Osborne's 20th Anniversary Tribute
Midnight – Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Peter O'Toole
1:15am – Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Kim Novak
2:30am – Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Alan Arkin
3:45am – Private Screenings: Robert Osborne
5:15am – Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Luise Rainer

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